High River leaves Calgary Regional Partnership

The Town of High River has left an expansive regional body tasked with sculpting a 60 year development plan for the greater Calgary area.

Town council voted to leave the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) –which counts as members every urban centre in the area from the titular city to Nanton- during private in-camera talks at the tail end of their regular meeting on Monday.

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Trades Alberta: Partnership in Fort McMurray expedites heavy-equipment technician training

EDMONTON – The first cohort of students in a new heavy-equipment diploma program offered through Fort McMurray’s Keyano College is set to graduate in October.

The FINNtech heavy-equipment technician diploma launched in February 2012 in partnership with Finning, the world’s largest dealership of Caterpillar equipment.

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Coalition to fight public-private partnership for southeast Edmonton LRT line

EDMONTON – A poll released Monday shows almost two-thirds of Edmonton residents don’t want a private company to run the southeast LRT.

The federal government promised the city $250 million last month to help pay for the project as a public-private partnership, or P3, that a consortium would design, build, finance, operate and maintain

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Municipality splits with Diversified

A 30-year partnership came to an end Tuesday night, as the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s city council voted in favour of cutting ties with Diversified for the municipality’s transit services, effective June 30.

The municipality was considering five proposals — one of which was from Diversified — from companies wanting to become the RMWB’s transit service provider, and decided to partner with Tokmakjian Inc. for a term of 15 years, with an option to extend for a further five years upon mutual agreement.

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Rural municipalities reaffirm objections to CMP

Two rural municipalities at heart of a regional planning dispute are dousing cold water on efforts by the provincial government to kick start stalled negotiations over the contentious Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP).

The councils for Wheatland County and the MD of Foothills both passed motions reaffirming their staunch objections to key development provisions in the CMP after the government announced last month it would bring in an independent mediator in hopes of resolving the longstanding inter-municipal dispute.

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No talks of forcing MD into Calgary Regional Partnership

During a visit to Okotoks and High River last week Premier Alison Redford assured the MD of Foothills it will not be forced to join the Calgary Regional Partnership.

“We think that any regional planning, whether it be the (Calgary) regional partnership or the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) only works if you are bringing people together for common cause,” Redford said in an interview in High River on Feb. 1. “The view of the MD of Foothills, which might be right, is with the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, we see a larger overarching planning framework that deals with a lot of the issues that were part of the Calgary Regional Partnership.”

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